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The Fair Cape to Coast

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R24,200

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Duration of tour
5 days

Trip Type

Private

Transfer Types

Mini-coach / SUV
Departure dates on request
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Overview

Combine the best sights and hidden gems that the Cape has to offer, with the sensational beauty of the Cape Winelands and the serene scenes along the Whale Coast on this Fair Trade approved itinerary.  

What makes this tour a Fair Trade holiday? 


Summit Table Mountain, gaze upon the fascinating indigenous flora at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, wind your way along the breathtaking cliffs of Chapman’s Peak, sip away with a day of wine tasting, spot migrating whales aboard a whale-watching marine cruise and so much more, all with the peace of mind rooted in sustainable and ethical tourism.

This tour is Fair Trade approved as many all the hotels and some activities are Fair Trade certified. This means, among many things, that the establishments are committed to fair tourism including;

Favouring local produce and entrepreneurs; ensuring all parties involved have a fair share of the profits, fair working conditions and fair wages; ensuring establishments practice fair operations with a responsible regard to the environment and sustainable tourism, amongst many other considerations. Read more about Fair Trade Tourism and our commitment to best-practice sustainable tourism at https://hotspots2c.co.za/about#fairtrade

Well, now that you know we've taken care of all the details.. soak in the beauty and rest easy with this sustainable holiday that will make a positive difference in the communities you'll travel.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Start

Cape Town
End

Cape Town
 

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600
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Tempo
Relaxed pace
Ideal For
Solo
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Why You’ll Love It

  • Hop aboard a marine eco-cruise to get your chance to spot the Marine Big Five.

  • Meet the cute resident penguins at Stony Point Nature Reserve.

  • Melt in your mouth spoonfuls of artisan ice cream paired with fine wine at Clos Malverne.

  • Savour iconic South African flavours with Marianne's red wine and biltong pairing.

  • Unwind with edgy wine in hand amid Babylonstoren's Cape Dutch farm-to-plate philosophy gardens.

  • Prepare for unparalleled views as you drive along Chapman's Peak.

  • See wild Atlantic waves crash at the southwestern most point of Africa.

  • Surprise your palate as you pair local wine with perfectly matched cheeses at Fairview.

  • Get a front row seat to view some of Hermanus' largest residents.

  • Sip on fine wines at South Africa's oldest wine farm; Groot Constantia.

  • Glide up the aerial cableway to see Cape Town from atop the iconic Table Mountain.

  • Explore Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, one of earth's hidden gems.

  • Delight in La Bri's decadent wine and chocolate, or wine and biltong pairings.

Itinerary

This itinerary guideline can be tailored to your requirements.
Day 1
Cape Town

This slow-paced day is the perfect way to acclimatise to the energising buzz of the Mother City. You’ll be collected from the airport and able to customise the day to how you please, perhaps starting with a leisurely coffee-shop stop at a local favourite in the heart of Cape Town.

Then, prepare to be awed, as you hop on the sturdy cable cars that summit one of the Seven Natural Wonders, the iconic Table Mountain. An alluring beauty in the middle of Cape Town, drawing locals and visitors in with its classic silhouette. On top of the world, Cape Town’s sprawling mass is laid bare in grid-like formation and the panoramic views make you feel as though you are the only one up there. There are over 2kms of pathways to choose from to take in the views over Cape Town, Table Bay, Robben Island, the Cape Flats and the Cape Peninsula.

After you’ve expended all your energy taking in every little detail, you can head towards the hidden paradise that will be your base for the next two nights. The serene and perfect hideaway of The Vineyard Hotel. Surrounded by 8 acres worth of lush manicured gardens, you’ll be transported into a wonderland of history and luxury at this Fair Trade accredited, eco-conscious oasis.

Ways 2 Stay

Overnight accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.

Day 2
Cape Peninsula > Cape Town

Cape Town’s most scenic stops await you today as you set out to experience the wonders of Chapmans Peak, Cape Point and Kirstenbosch. The day can be tailored to your liking, but we’re sure you won’t want to miss out on these incredible bucket-list items.

Set out for a journey along a staggering 114 mind-blowingly beautiful bends – stretching over nine jaw-dropping kilometres... Chapman’s Peak road, or Chappies to the locals, is touted as one of the world’s most scenic drives – and with good reason. Rugged mountains face off with the Atlantic and the roadway, an incredible feat of engineering, cuts a swathe right through and provides unparalleled views of the Atlantic below.

Chappies sets the scene for the afternoon’s adventuring as you venture onwards to the Cape of Good Hope, the most southwesterly point of Africa. Here, water and wilderness literally collide and create a picturesque jagged shoreline adorned with greenish fringes of fynbos. This is a place to pay tribute to ancient seafarers of old like Bartolomeu Dias (who discovered the Cape of Good Hope back in 1488) and pioneers, like Vasco da Gama, who journeyed through these treacherous waters from Portugal to India.

Indigenous fauna lines narrow winding pathways en route to the Cape’s whitewashed lighthouse, with views well worth the climb. Local wildlife – ostriches, baboons, and various antelope species, including bontebok – keep the journey interesting and add plenty of postcard moments for the shutterbugs. On the hillside, an optional funicular eases the journey for those that want to reach the top of the lighthouse.

Simmer down with a leisurely afternoon discovering the delights hidden within the Kirstenbosch Gardens. The Gardens are world renowned for the beauty and diversity of the Cape flora it displays and for the magnificence of its setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Children will love Kirstenbosch’s winding walkway, affectionately known as the boomslang. It starts at ground level and extends high above the treetops, offering stunning views of Table Mountain and lesser-seen parts of the city. The timber-and-steel walkway is around 130 metres long. Nature lovers will enjoy the unique vantage point from above the crowns of the trees, and bird and animal enthusiasts will be seventh heaven, with the diverse fauna that abounds. What a way to end a day in the Cape.

Ways 2 Stay

Overnight accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.

Day 3
Stellenbosch Winelands > Stellenbosch

A day of delight awaits as you set out into the famed Cape Winelands and plan your day as you please. Our team will detail your preferences and plan a wine-tasting expedition like no other, filled with only the best in the business. The diversity of the Winelands is but one of the perks, offering you mesmerising views, rich history, artisan pairing options, lush gardens and of course, fine wine; so it’s up to you what is included in your day.

South Africa can trace its wine roots back to the mid 1600s when the Dutch East India Company established a base in Cape Town. Grape vines were planted to help ward off scurvy for Dutch sailors passing along the Spice Route. The first fruit was harvested and crushed in 1659 but it was Simon van der Stel, the Governor of the time, that nurtured the burgeoning industry.

Van der Stel’s ideas took seed and today the Cape produces world-class drops, so seize the opportunity to stock up with a bottle or two for your stay. Fancy a pairing? How about trying something different like wine and ice cream, or even biltong. You could also throw in a traditional favourite with wine and chocolate. Taste local flavours with an al fresco vineyard picnic, or dine in style at one of the many fine-dining options. Add a cellar tour or a duck parade for good measure and settle in for a day to remember. Whatever you choose, you can sip back (guilt-free) and enjoy your guide's historic and fact-filled commentary for the day.

And what better way to end off your Winelands wandering than in the heart of the historic Stellenbosch at the Fair Trade accredited Oude Werf hotel.

Ways 2 Stay

Overnight accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.

Day 4
Gansbaai > Cape Whale Coast

Hemel-en-Aarde literally translates to heaven-on-earth, and if you think the Cape Winelands scenery can’t get any better, you’re in for a treat today as you traverse the Hemel-en-Aadre valley en-route to Hermanus. Beyond Sir Lowry Pass, winelands and orchards give way to a rippling patchwork of green and gold farmlands which in turn morph into craggy coastlines where land meets the Atlantic and the Whale Coast begins.

Within a flash, you’re in whale country and the annual migration (July to November) of humpback and southern right whales along the South African coastline has earned the unassuming, pretty little village of Hermanus the honour of becoming the best land-based whale watching town in the world. By land or by sea, visitors are able to watch these gentle giants of the deep frolic freely and launch their aerial acrobatics in the Atlantic. 

Weather dependent, you could hop aboard a whale-watching cruise and come eye to giant-sized eyeball with these calving whales and witness their raw power. A whale museum, café culture, fresher-than-fresh seafood, outdoor trails and craft markets also make Hermanus the ideal lunch stop. Trips out of whale-season will join the Marine Big Five eco-cruise. Visit the internationally known 'Shark Alley' between a small island and a local seal colony in the Gansbaai bay, an area well known for its abundant great whites, but also offers great chances of spotting southern right whales in their mating season (June - November) and the rest of the Marine 'Big Five' including Cape fur seals, African penguins and dolphins.

Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, stopping at local farm stalls, or walking the cliff-paths in Hermanus before heading over to the tiny hamlet of De Kelders for a relaxing coastal evening overlooking the ocean at the Whalesong Lodge.

 
 
Ways 2 Stay

Overnight accommodation included according to your selected stay package. Subject to availability.

Day 5
Cape Whale Coast

Wake up to the sound of the ocean and take a moment to breathe in the fresh sea air. After a leisurely breakfast, you can head out along the Cape Whale coast to make a slow journey back to the Mother City, stopping at local favourites along the way. You’ll have time to customise your day today to get the most of the old world charm that the area offers.

The thriving African penguin colony at Betty’s Bay adds the final nature wow of your day. Being one of the only remaining breeding grounds of the African penguin, these clumsy creatures are sure to pull on your heartstrings. Try out your sightseeing skills as you spot rock hyraxes (dassies) sunbathing on the rocks in between the waddling penguins. As you head off along the almighty Clarence drive, you’ll be pulled in by the wild beauty of Kogelberg Biosphere that is perfectly offset by the picturesque stretch of road that connects Rooi Els village and the naval town of Gordon’s Bay. Arguably the most scenic drive in South Africa, this coastal route snakes its way between the rugged mountains – giving you ample opportunity to snap farewell landscape photos over the 21 jaw-dropping kilometres before arriving at your end destination, Cape Town.

End with a drop-off at the Cape Town International Airport or your Cape Town accommodation.

Included

Private

This trip will run exclusively for you.

Local Guide

Led by a local English-speaking professional tour guide.

Transport

Private transfers to included tour highlights. 

Pick-Up + Drop-Off

There is no central meeting point for this tour. A transfer service will collect you from your Cape Town accommodation.

Accommodation

4 nights of accommodation.

Breakfast

4x breakfasts

Fair Trade Holiday Approved

Included Activities
  • Table Mountain Cable Car Ride
  • Curve Along Chapman's Peak Drive
  • Cape of Good Hope Explore
  • Kirstenbosch Boomslang Canopy Walk
  • Babylonstoren Gardens Wine Tasting
  • Meet the Betty's Bay Penguins
  • Hermanus Whale Cruise

Excluded

Travel Insurance

You are responsible for your own personal travel insurance. 

Flights

Local and international flights are excluded.

Lunch, Dinner + Drinks

Your guide can book restaurants en route.

Optional Transport Upgrade

A surcharge to travel in a luxury SUV vehicle for the included transfer sections of the tour. Maximum 3 people per luxury vehicle.

FAQ

Any questions?
Ask one of our freidnly staff and we'll do our best to answer your questions.
Benita Stroebel
Tailor-Made Tours

Since the beginning, working as a guesthouse manager 13-years ago, I have been involved in creating personalised experiences for people in the travel industry. It has grown into my work passion and I love being able to create tailor-made experiences for people that they will remember for the rest of their lives. In between doing that, I create my own memories and experiences by spending time with my family (usually on the beach), attending festivals and capturing it all with my camera.

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Payment Policy: Requires 25% deposit to reserve
  • 25% deposit is required to reserve a booking request upon acceptance of the quote for custom tours.
  • Full payment is required at least 60 days before the departure date to confirm the reservation.
  • Deposits are non refundable and will be set as cancellation fee.
Cancellation / Refund Policy: Easy cancellation - 60 day 75% refund
  • If you cancel 61 days before arrival, there is a 25% cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 60 days of arrival, there is a 100% cancellation fee.
Child Policy: Child Friendly

Children are welcome on private tours. Some activities will have age limits and alcohol may only be served to adults over 18 years of age. 

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Know Before You Go

 what to expect

 

South Africa

  

11 official Languages Spoken

Afrikaans – English – isiNdebele – Sepedi.– Sesotho – Siswati – Xitsonga – Setswana – Tshivenda – isiXhosa

How to say hello?

Molo – Xhosa

Sawubona - Zulu

Hallo - Afrikaans

Dumela - SeSotho

 

Electricity – Volt & plug

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50 HZ. Most plugs are 15 amp 3-prong or 5 amp 2-prong, with round pins.

Measurements 

Metric System

 

WiFi/Internet Access on tour 

WiFi can be found at most accommodations, restaurants and airports, however, the download speed is often slow and many connections limit your data usage. In short, you’ll be able to stay connected with home, but don't expect to watch HD movies in your spare time.

 

When to go

South Africa is blessed with a mostly mild climate, but different areas will yield different temperatures throughout the year. Summer in South Africa is usually peak season, lasting between November – February, however Easter time (March) is often still considered peak season too. Temperatures range from 25ºC in coastal areas to high 30ºs in inland areas. Cape Town has ideal weather during this time and Durban sports warm beaches and humid air, Johannesburg experiences hot clear days and often an afternoon thunderstorm.

Shoulder season is April and May, as well as September and October. Surprisingly, the weather in Durban is often at its best during this time, and other areas simmer down from their scorching highs. Prices are lower and crowds are smaller. September and October see eruptions of flowers and blooms all around the country.

Winter is beautiful in most parts of the country. Cape Town experiences winter rain and is often a little cold and miserable, but still crisp and beautiful. Because of the warm Indian Ocean, Durban has spectacular weather in winter, often hovering around 20-25ºC with clear blue skies. Inland areas get quite chilly and the odd snowfall is not uncommon (it only lasts for a day though!). Prices are at an all time low and it is an ideal time for game viewing, as the animals are more active in the cooler weather. 

Best time to go

Jun-Jul = Safari 

Jan-Feb = Beach 

 

Public Holidays

With the possible exception of Christmas Day and New Year's Day, most tourist services and attractions are open on South African public holidays. In addition most city shopping centres, restaurants and entertainment venues remain open.

1 Jan   New Year's Day
21 Mar   Human Rights Day
30 Mar   Good Friday
2 Apr   Family Day
27 Apr   Freedom Day
1 May   Workers' Day
16 Jun   Youth Day
9 Aug   National Women's Day
24 Sep   Heritage Day
16 Dec   Day of Reconciliation
17 Dec   Day of Reconciliation Holiday
25 Dec   Christmas Day
26 Dec   Day of Goodwill

 

Visa & Travel docs

Travellers from most Commonwealth countries (excluding New Zealand), most Western European nations, Japan and the USA receive a free, 90-day visitor's permit on arrival. These travellers do not need a visa to enter South Africa. A valid passport is essential with at least two empty pages. You generally will need to show return or onward travel arrangements. Children aged under 18 must show an unabridged birth certificate (showing both parents details).

Some countries do, however, need a visa. Visas are not issued upon entry, they must be attained beforehand. It is advised that you clarify this before you leave, the Department of Home Affairs office has a comprehensive list of countries that do not require visas. http://www.dha.gov.za/index.php/immigration-services/exempt-countries

 

What to pack

We're generally laid back in South Africa, so no need to haul out your best silks and diamonds when you head to our shores. Here's some clothing advice when in South Africa:

  • For the summers, bring clothes that are cool and comfortable, along with an umbrella or rain jacket, as this is when most of the country gets rain. A light jacket or wrap is a good precaution. Don't forget a swimming costume.
  • The winters are generally mild, comparing favourably with European summers. But we do get some days when temperatures plummet, especially in high-lying areas such as the Drakensberg (some nights go below 0ºC), so be prepared with jerseys and jackets. If you are going to the Cape, rain gear will be needed in this season (your average here will be between 10-20ºC).
  • Always bring a hat - the sun can be strong even in the winter months. Make sunglasses, a hat and sunblock a firm part of your skin care kit.
  • Walking shoes are a good idea all year-round, with warm socks in the winter.
  • For game viewing, a couple of neutral-toned items will be useful, but there's no need to go overboard and kit yourself out like David Livingstone, out to explore Africa for the first time.
  • For the evening, if you are dining at an upmarket restaurant or seeing a show, go the smart-casual route. If you are simply going out to get a bite to eat, a general “no shirt, no shoes - no service” rule applies, so as long as you are fully clad, your attire should not be an issue.
  • When travelling with Hotspots2c we encourage reasonably sized bags for multi-day tours and we are able to accommodate bags that are on average under 20kgs. For one and two day tours, a light backpack is encouraged. 

  

Health & Safety

There are no compulsory vaccinations required to enter South Africa with exception of a yellow fever vaccination if you have been in a yellow fever area within the last 12 months.

The only major health risk you might face in South Africa is malaria, which is confined to small areas in the north-eastern parts of the country. Small pockets of the northern parts of the Kruger National Park fall under this area but the risk here is considered extremely low and it is not always necessary to take anti-malaria tablets. Remember as a precautionary measure to check with your accommodation what is recommended.

South Africa may have high crime statistics, but if you conduct yourself wisely, most tourists enjoy the country without any incident at all. Ensure that you lock away your passports and travel documents in a safe, which is usually provided by your accommodation. Don't flash around valuables and keep an eye on your belongings at all time. Majority of South Africa’s crime is opportunistic petty crime, so if you are vigilant about your belongings you should not have any problem.

 

Getting Around 

South Africa has 3 world-class airports that receive international flights every day; Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town. Most international airlines will have flights into one or all of these airports daily.

There are numerous budget carriers that offer domestic flights between the major cities for very reasonable rates; this is the fastest and safest way to span large distances, especially between Johannesburg and Cape Town, which is a 2-hour flight.

From the airports there are numerous shuttles and taxis that you can pick up upon arrival, there are also many different car hire options at each airport and in all major cities. Uber is another reliable and affordable option.

 

Money 

Our currency in South Africa is the South African Rand. You can easily convert your currency to rand at a bank or Forex Bureau, the airports and larger towns often have many different Forex options. You can also withdraw from an ATM, banks are available throughout South Africa. Be sure to check what international bank charges you will incur for withdrawals before you arrive. Major credit cards are usually accepted in hotels or restaurants, however, there may be a surcharge. It is advisable to have small amounts of cash for curios and tipping. 

Tipping

  • Restaurants and Bars - Tipping in restaurants is the norm and is customarily kept at 10% of the total shown on the bill. Many restaurants will add a 10% service charge to a bill if the number of guests exceeds six or ten.
  • Petrol Stations and Car Parking - Petrol station attendants may be tipped a few Rands if they wash the windscreen, and offer to check oil and water and the tyres. Car-guards or parking-attendants are usually given R2 - R5. Car parks and areas around many popular tourist spots are populated by locals in day-glo yellow vests who offer to direct you to a space or to "look after your car for you." They are not threatening and you do not have to pay them, but giving them a few Rands may stop them from turning to petty crime. Cape Town has recently instituted a more formal parking attendant system in the downtown area, where uniformed attendants with handheld machines take payment for parking.
  • Tour Guides and Drivers – Tipping on tour is neither expected nor compulsory, However, should you wish to tip, the recommended tip is usually R10 per person on a day tour and R15 per person per day on multi-day tours. For private tours, R50 per person per half-day tour and R80 per person per day for a full-day tour is the norm.
  • Hotels - At hotels you may choose to leave money for housekeeping, this is often between R10-R50 per person per day but is in no way compulsory. It can also be done at the end of your stay
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